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The ease of making your own cannabis topical oil or cream appeals to many people. One can use any part of the plant: roots, stalks, stems, fan leaves, flowers, resin, extracts, and seeds. Some recipes require heat and some methods involve long curing times to convert the cannabinoid acids into their non-acid formats.
The medicinal qualities of cannabis dissolve into oil or alcohol. You can fine-tune any topical recipe by adding other beneficial ingredients.
Different carrier bases affect bioavailability. For instance, adding water to creams and lotions compel the phytocannabinoids to penetrate the skin, because skin has a higher lipid concentration than the lotion. On the other hand, an infused oil product will want to hold its phytocannabinoids. To maximize benefits, massage infused oils into the skin or poured into warm bath water.
Holly Hutton, Graduate, East West School of Planetary Herbology, explains topical cannabis use and presents cannabis history, botany, taxonomy, chemical constituents, and identifying characteristics. Recipe examples include a salve utilizing decarboxylization, one liniment made using the cold method, and another made by heating it.
Jessica Catalano, Professional Cannabis Chef and the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, suggests pairing the body oil with the strain, Lavender. The homemade body or bath oil's sandalwood, rose, and bergamot scents combine with Lavender's terpenes to enhance arousal, sensuality and relaxation, all while stimulating production of dopamine and serotonin.
Jordan shows us his favourite, quick recipe using reclaim. Also known as reburn it is the resin that accumulates on the inside of your oil rig. Reclaim has the potential of being 50% decarboxylated cannabinoids in volume. [8:07 min.]
The advantages of using a pressure cooker are speed and lack of smell. The cannabis decarboxylation and salve cooking is done inside pressure cooker. An adaptation of Auntie Bushka's Homemade Hemp Salve.
A combination of eucalyptus, camphor, menthol, lavender, tea tree, wintergreen, peppermint, and cinnamon oils add both heating and cooling effects to cannabis-infused olive oil. Recipe from Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club.
Corinne Tobias, an organic farmer, photographer, writer, edibles cook and Cannabliss yoga teacher, provides a homemade pre-lube spray recipe. Apply 45 minutes to an hour before sex. May also be used as massage oil.